Clearwater/Barriere rugby team starts season with a win

They should have known better than to let Clearwater and Barriere join forces

(Top) Members of a joint Clearwater/Barriere senior boys rugby team pose for a photograph. Pictured are (back, l-r) Jared Cole, Kurt Allen, Karter Romeo, James Freeman, Will Ellis, Jordan Lefeuvre, Tyler Ewert, Chris Smith, Mackenzie Alain, Austin Richardson, Shawn Gill, Timo Menard, Jared Walker, Gabe Francis (coach), (front, l-r) Tristan Holt, Garrett Tremblay, Tim Affleck, Keaton Noble, Brandon Proppe, Matthew Lee, Cole Stone, Kelley Dionne, Levi Walker and Lachlan Whelen. (Below) The North Thompson Spartans and the NorKam Saints in a scrum.

(Top) Members of a joint Clearwater/Barriere senior boys rugby team pose for a photograph. Pictured are (back, l-r) Jared Cole, Kurt Allen, Karter Romeo, James Freeman, Will Ellis, Jordan Lefeuvre, Tyler Ewert, Chris Smith, Mackenzie Alain, Austin Richardson, Shawn Gill, Timo Menard, Jared Walker, Gabe Francis (coach), (front, l-r) Tristan Holt, Garrett Tremblay, Tim Affleck, Keaton Noble, Brandon Proppe, Matthew Lee, Cole Stone, Kelley Dionne, Levi Walker and Lachlan Whelen. (Below) The North Thompson Spartans and the NorKam Saints in a scrum.

They should have known better than to let Clearwater and Barriere join forces.

Students from the two North Thompson secondary schools have gotten together to form a senior boys rugby team – and they gave the NorKam Saints a 51-3 shellacking during their first game of the season. The game was played at Barriere Secondary (BSS) on April 9.

“Things are looking a little different for the Clearwater kids for rugby this year,” said Gabe Francis, a teacher at Clearwater Secondary School. “We were going to be light on numbers at the senior level so we put in a request with BC School Sports to run a joint program with Barriere Secondary.”

Francis plus BSS principal Ken Rife are co-coaching the boys.

The Clearwater/Barriere team calls itself the North Thompson Spartans.

“Our veteran players set a strong example for the boys who were playing their first game and all the boys played brave rugby,” Francis said of the game against NorKam.

Spartan tries (touchdowns) were scored by Jordan Lefeuvre, Matthew Lee, Karter Romeo, Brandon Proppe, and Keaton Noble.

The North Thompson team played on Tuesday of this week against the South Kamloops Titans (in Kamloops).

“This promises to be a tough test as the South Kamloops boys are very deep in experience and are expected to fair very well provincially every year,” the coach said before the game. Look for results in a future issue of the Star/Journal.

Friday they will travel to Williams Lake, and then next Friday Williams Lake will travel to play in Clearwater.

Clearwater Secondary also has a junior rugby team that will see its first game in a couple of weeks.

The junior team includes a couple of Barriere players and will only be playing an exhibition schedule this season.

 

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